Selanne’s goal puts Sharks in the tank

first_imgEvgeni Nabokov stopped 16 shots for the weary Sharks, who returned early Sunday morning from a tough eight-game road trip. San Jose, which has lost four of six, must face NHL-leading Nashville before heading out on another three-game trip. The Sharks also lost defenseman Scott Hannan in the first period to an undisclosed injury. Joe Thornton had two assists for the Sharks, and Ryan Getzlaf had two for Anaheim. Penner’s goals were the 20th and 21st of his first full NHL season, while Michalek matched his career high from last season with his 17th goal. San Jose dominated much of the final two periods in the California rivals’ fourth meeting this season at the Shark Tank, where the Ducks sent the Sharks off on their longest road trip of the season 20 days earlier with a 7-4 pounding. Selanne, a San Jose favorite during his 2 seasons in teal, scored his 82nd point in 54 career games against the Sharks with his fast-break goal. The Ducks also survived nearly four minutes of short-handed play early in the third period, including a two-man disadvantage for 17 seconds after Sean O’Donnell hit Steve Bernier in the groin after a whistle had blown. Sharks captain Patrick Marleau had an unobstructed chance in the final seconds, but his shot hit Bryzgalov squarely in the chest. Bryzgalov hadn’t won since Jan. 11, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere started the Ducks’ last eight games. San Jose still hopes to have new defenseman Craig Rivet in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against Nashville, if immigration issues can be resolved. The Sharks acquired the 11-year veteran from Montreal on Sunday for defenseman Josh Gorges and a first-round pick. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 7:30 p.m. FSN, AM/830 SAN JOSE – Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and the Anaheim Ducks padded their Pacific Division lead with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. Ilya Bryzgalov made 40 saves in his first start since Feb. 7 for the Ducks, who moved seven points ahead of San Jose and Dallas by surviving the Sharks’ prodigious 42-19 shot advantage. The clubs, which meet again Friday in Anaheim, have split the first six meetings of this burgeoning rivalry. Dustin Penner scored two goals in the first period for Anaheim, and Milan Michalek replied with two goals in the second period for San Jose. The Sharks controlled play for much of the third period – but after they missed several scoring chances in a flurry, Anaheim scored with a blistering counterattack. Chris Kunitz and Selanne traded the puck on an end-to-end rush before Selanne tucked home his 38th goal of the season with 11:41 left. center_img Ducks 3, Sharks 2Thursday: at Kings Staples Center, last_img read more